From the Annals of the Collectors – In 2014, British rock-pop-prog star Phil Collins donated his expansive collection of Alamo and Texas Revolution-related artifacts to a new museum planned for the Alamo complex in San Antonio. The “Phil Collins Alamo Collection” section of the museum will house a number of rare items – including a rifle owned by former Congressman Davy Crockett, a fringed leather pouch carried by Crockett and an original Bowie knife which Jim Bowie had in his possession during the 1836 siege. Collins’ collection is believed to be the largest of its kind, with over 200 total items and is valued at as much as $100 million. Collins’ fascination with the Alamo began as a child and has obviously continued. The collection started more than 20 years ago when he received Alamo courier John W. Smith’s saddle receipt as a gift. That launched Collins on a worldwide search for artifacts which he documented in his 2012 book, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey.